Radio 2 must rename Drivetime – it celebrates cars, says (cyclist) Vine
IT AIRS when most people are travelling home from work.
But Jeremy Vine is annoyed about the name of the Radio 2 Drivetime show, claiming cars should not be ‘celebrated’.
Sara Cox was given the 5-7pm slot after Simon Mayo walked away from the radio station following a shake-up which saw him share his show with Jo Whiley.
Vine, 5 , who presents Radio 2’s lunchtime show, congratulated the ‘brilliant’ Miss Cox on the prime job, but pleaded with the BBC to change the programme’s name. ‘I’d like to ask the BBC to stop calling it “Drivetime”,’ he wrote on Twitter. Vine, who cycles to work, added: ‘Our addiction to the motor vehicle has made our cities traffic sewers; made us asthmatic, fat and angry; and made our planet suffer.
‘We shouldn’t be celebrating a form of transport that kills 1,700 people a year.’
Several people criticised Vine, who earns up to £450,000 a year, saying he was out of touch. Some cited expensive public transport and long distances as reasons why they cannot cycle to work.
Jeremy Vine: Rides to work